Harold Haoyu Zhai

Mr Harold Haoyu Zhai

Research topic:
Radical Right Economic Strategy
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Elections Political Parties Political Economy Elections and electoral politics Comparative Politics and Government  Political economy and international political economy 

Academic Profile

  • University of Oxford, MPhil Politics (Comparative Government), 2017-Present
  • University of Oxford, Oxford Spring School in Advanced Research Methods, 2018
  • University of Bristol, BSc Politics with Quantitative Research Methods, First Class with Honours, 2014-2017


Awards & Prizes

  • UK Data Service Dissertation Prize (1st prize), UK Data Service - ESRC, 2017
  • Evelyn Miller-Barstow Prize, University of Bristol, 2016
  • Dean's Commendation for Academic Performance, University of Bristol, 2015
  • SPAIS International Scholarship, University of Bristol, 2014


  • Graduate Research Expenses Fund, St Catherine's College, 2018
  • Bristol Alumni Fund Travel Grant, University of Bristol, 2017
  • PSA Undergraduate Conference Travel Grant, Political Studies Association, 2017
  • Q-Step Internship Award, University of Bristol, 2016


For a complete list of published essays see https://www.e-ir.info/author/haoyu-zhai/

Conference Papers and Presentations


  • March 2018, 'Redistribution and Populist Support in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis', PSA Annual International Conference, Cardiff UK
  • April 2017, 'Interesting Times, Interesting Factors: A Study of the Economic Determinants of Immigration Attitudes in the United Kingdom', PSA UG Conference, University of Strathclyde UK

Accepted & Declined:

  •  August 2018, 'Expectation, Evaluation and National Election: Towards an ‘Expectation-Reality’ Gap Approach to Populist Voting', ECPR General Conference, Hamburg Germany
  • July 2018, 'Border, Migration, and Public Opinion: A Case Study of British Immigration Attitudes', IPSA World Congress, Brisbane Australia